Set Includes Eight Notable Prime Ministers
Churchill Stamp Available in Collectible First Day Covers
The Royal Mail has issued a new set of stamps that includes Winston Churchill and seven other notable British prime ministers. The stamps depicting the four prime ministers who served in the twentieth century, including Churchill, have been assigned first-class postage value. Churchill has previously been featured on Royal Mail stamps following his death in 1965 and on the one hundredth anniversary of his birth in 1974 as well as in 2006 and 2010.
In addition to Churchill, the set includes William Pitt the Younger, one of the longest serving prime ministers and the youngest person ever to have held the office. Charles Grey (2nd Earl Grey) was the Whig leader who oversaw passage of the Reform Act of 1832 moving Britain towards greater democracy. Sir Robert Peel was the first prime minister representing an officially organized Conservative party. William Gladstone, the Grand Old Man of Victorian politics, led the Liberals, served four times as prime minister and had one of the only parliamentary careers that rivals Churchill’s.
Clement Attlee, who presided over the creation of the National Health Service in the late 1940s, and Harold Wilson, who supported progressive social reforms in the 1960s, represent Labour prime ministers. Margaret Thatcher, the first and thus far only woman to have held the office, rounds out the set.
The Churchill Centre United Kingdom have partnered with Buckingham Covers, the leading British producers of First Day Covers, to produce four covers featuring the new Churchill stamp. A very limited quantity of these have been signed by Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of the Prime Minister. Churchill Centre UK will receive £2 per cover for the £12.95 unsigned covers and £5 per cover for the £22.95 covers with Randolph’s signature—only 100 of which will be available. The edition will be limited to the number postmarked on the day of issue. To view the collectible covers and for ordering information, please CLICK HERE.
Additionally, the stamps are available from 14 October online at www.royalmail.com/primeministers, by phone at 03457 641 641 and in 8,000 Post Offices throughout the UK. Stamps can be bought individually or as a set in a Presentation Pack for £6.90
To learn more about Winston Churchill, please visit www.winstonchurchill.org.